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Redesigning Justice

Reducing Crime through Justice Reinvestment

‘Justice reinvestment’ is now at the heart of debates about criminal justice policy. It describes the process through which resources currently spent on incarcerating offenders in prison can be redirected into community-based alternatives that tackle the causes of crime at source. It is a form of preventative financing, through which policymakers shift funds away from dealing with problems ‘downstream’ (policing, prisons) and towards tackling them ‘upstream’ (family breakdown, poverty, mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency).